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Unbeaten Colts host struggling Redskins

Oct 18, 2006 - 12:00 AM Washington (2-4) at Indianapolis (5-0) Sunday 4:15 pm EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- The Indianapolis Colts probably will see a steady dose of Clinton Portis on Sunday when they meet the Washington Redskins in an interconference matchup.

Despite being one of two unbeaten teams along with Chicago (6-0), Indianapolis ranks last in the league against the run, allowing 166.8 yards per game.

The Colts took a step toward improving against the run prior to Tuesday's trade deadline, acquiring defensive tackle Anthony McFarland from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a second-round pick in 2007.

A 1999 first-round pick, McFarland had 13 tackles in five games with the Buccaneers this season. In 2005, he had 41 tackles, two sacks and two fumble recoveries.

Even with McFarland's presence, the Colts are certain to see plenty of the Redskins' power running game led by Portis, who has rushed for 371 yards and six touchdowns in five games. Portis rushed for a franchise-record 1,516 yards and 11 scores last season.

Indianapolis also will be hoping that its bye week helped rectify some of its defensive problems. Two weeks ago, the Colts surrendered 214 yards rushing but escaped with a 14-13 victory over Tennessee.

The Colts still are led by six-time Pro Bowl quarterback Peyton Manning, who has thrown for 1,278 yards and eight touchdowns with two interceptions.

Last season, the Colts enjoyed a 13-0 start before enduring their first loss.

After winning a playoff game for the first time since 1999 last season, the Redskins find themselves in last place in the NFC East.

The Redskins also have struggled defensively, ranking 22nd overall. They have surrendered at least 25 points three times.

While the Colts escaped the Titans, the Redskins were unable to avoid the upset in last Sunday's 25-22 home loss. Portis rushed for 58 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

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